Drowning Advocates Alarmed: 297 Children Have Drown in the First Five Months of 2013 and More Than 1,000 Near-Drowning Incidents Have Been Reported
Summer is the Time to Remember "Layers of Protection," Pool Alarms, and Other Tips to Prevent Child Drowning Accidents In Pools, Spas, and Other Water Hazards
Angeles, CA – With summer already upon us, nearly
300 children have drown in backyard swimming pools, spas and other water
hazards. More than 1,000 children under age
19 years have been reported in “near-drowning” incidents according to media reports
in 30 states. Children under 14, and
particularly Toddlers under the age of five, are of particular concern.
“Drowning is a silent death,” said
Todd Appleman, president and founder of eSafetyAlert.com, an authorized reseller of the Safety Turtle Pool Alarm system for more than 15 years. “Despite public education campaigns, parents,
grand-parents and other adult guardians have not heard the message or are not
responding to the facts. In many cases,
a young child will drown before an adult notices that the child is
missing. Drowning can happen in a matter
Ten people die every day from
unintentional drowning in the United States, making it the fifth-leading cause
of unintentional injury death, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). About 20 percent are under the age of 14. Nearly 80 percent are male.
"At the current pace, water
safety advocates, first responders, and healthcare professionals, are bracing
for these tragedies that annually claim the lives children in backyard pools,
on boats, lakes, rivers and ponds," said Mr. Appleman. "As a
long-time advocate of public education campaigns about pool and spa safety, we
fully support the national organizations that focus on drowning prevention,
including the Pool Safety Council, and PoolSafely, among others.
"We laud all efforts to educate
adults and parents about the dangers posed by backyard swimming pools for
children, pets, and people with special needs,” said Mr. Appleman. “After many years of work between public and
private organizations, we clearly need to keep repeating the message about pool
safety, layers of protection, and the role that pool alarms play in preventing
"Having been a reseller of the
Safety Turtle water immersion alarm for 15 years, we have come to understand
that drowning in residential pools and other water hazards is a year-around
concern in states like California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas,” said
Appleman. “In these state, drowning is
the leading cause of death for children under five and the second leading cause
of death for children under 14."
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) reports that for every child that drowns, six more children
are involved in "near-drowning" incidents that often lead to
permanent neurological damage, life-long disabilities, and catastrophic medical
"Parents and guardians need to be
extra vigilant in protecting children around water hazards," said Mr.
Appleman. "The family swimming pool is supposed to be a source of fun and
recreation. The problem is swimming pools are also very dangerous."
The gap in awareness and lack of
action among parents became acutely apparent when eSafetyAlert.com, and the
inventor of the Safety Turtle pool alarm, commissioned a national Harris®
Interactive poll. "The study
results revealed that only 41 percent of parents with swimming pools said they
had installed one or more layers of protection recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American
Society for Testing and Materials
"Young children usually drown
with a caregiver close by,” said Mr. Appleman.
“Contact with the child was lost during the seconds that an immersion
accident unfolds. Rescue, though moments away, is usually too late. The silence
of drowning doesn't give second chances. Our goal is to break the silence of immersion
accidents, to give parents that last chance," added Appleman.
eSafetyAlert.com is an official
reseller of the Safety Turtle alarm. The Safety Turtle alarm consists of one
AC-powered Base Station that supports one or more Turtle wristbands of the same
color which lock snuggly on a child's wrist with a "child-proof" key.
If the child falls into the water, the
Turtle sensor sends a signal to Base Station which sounds a siren. Safety Turtle sensors can be placed on a pet's
collar too. It is estimated that 5,000
dogs drown in swimming pools annually in North America alone. Additional information about purchasing Safety
Turtle visit eSafetyAlert.com or follow us on Twitter @SafetyTurtleUSA
Le or Todd Appleman